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  • This story is from a series my study abroad experience in Barcelona, Spain

    The short tour of the quiet port area lead us to Gaudi's finest, la Sagrada Família. The massive church seemed close, even blocks away, and was quite amazing. Even with half the church in shadow, it was still amazing.

    I took over 300 pictures today and we didn't even go inside. There have been 2 occasions in my life (as an architectural student) that I have studied buildings and had the opportunity to see them in person. The first was the slightest glimpse of the Barcelona Pavilion (I'm saving that tour for another day), and Sagrada Família.

    The place is crazy. Everything about it, from the fact that it is so massive and old, and yet still under construction (110 years+ and it still has at least 40 to go as I've heard). Crazy.

    The detail of the sides, insane yet expected from a cathedral (which it won't be). The fanfare and tourism that goes with the project is also nuts. The building is engulfed in scaffolding, cranes and other artifacts of construction and yet people are lined up to enter.

    The most incredible detail from my visit was the fact that you could see stone that was old, stained, and in need of cleaning right next to stone that had been recently laid.

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